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This is a new project being initiated by the new Richmond IWW chapter. GRTC and the state of Richmond’s public transportation are both in poor repair. If we want a more socially just community then we need more effective and accessible public transportation options. Please consider helping out RTRU, talking to folks in your area about it, etc.

Especially in areas like Southern Barton Heights, where we do not have many local jobs, stores, grocery stores, restaurants etc. people need a way to get to these important things. If the buses cost more and have decreased routes, this directly impacts the lives of many working class and poor people. Cutting public transportation is classist, and often implicitly racist. Cutting public transportation is an attack on working class and poor people. Joining together increases our ability to stand up for our right to public transportation that is effective and accessible.

There is not yet a website for this group, but there will be soon.

You can contact RTRU at: richmondtru@gmail.com

Here is more information about what the group hopes to do:

“About 88 percent of the Richmond region’s commuters travel to and from work in a car, typically alone,”

Public transit is necessary for the mobility of the elderly and the disabled. It is necessary for communities without markets to access the things they need. For those without a car, it is the ability to seek necessary medical attention, to keep a job, and to get home at the end of the closing shift. It is necessary because the valorization of car ownership leads to ecological disaster, exacerbates the fight for fossil fuels, batters local budgets by deteriorating roads over and over again, and results in daily misery with the widespread congestion of commuting workers.

However, here in Richmond, VA, year after year, bus fares increase and service is cut. The buses have little to no access to suburban job centers. The poor, working-class, and communities of color are punished daily for not subscribing to the car-ownership money pit. And the drivers and mechanics who are the life-blood of the bus system are underpaid, and mistreated. (more…)

Forgot to add this update a while back, we fixed the downstairs bathroom. The wax seal on the toilet had begun leaking. That meant  toilet water was seeping under the floor boards. By the time we discovered it, it was too late for those floor boards.

The Wingnut solution, DIY!

We removed the sink and sink cabinet. Then we drained and removed the toilet. Then we had the smelly job of tearing up the old wet floor boards. Then we cleaned the floor, a lot.

Next, we installed tile-board. Then we put a new wax ring on the toilet and re-installed the toilet. After that we put down tile mortar, then tile. Then we grouted over the tiles (which match the tile in the upstairs bathroom). Then we reinstalled the sink cabinet and sink. TAAADAAA.

LEts just hope that wax ring stays good.

If you live on Barton Avenue or  in the surrounding area, just to let you know, The Wingnut Collective will be doing a litter cleanup on Sunday May 23rd from 9am until we are finished. Our focus will be the 2000- 2400 blocks of Barton Avenue. We have 15 orange vests and 15 trash picker uppers that we got from Darlene Mallory with the Clean City Commission.

Please meet us out front of the Wingnut at 9am on Sunday the 23rd. If you have an extra trashbag or two to bring that would be awesome!

Hey Yall

This is a reminder that we are having another Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meeting a week from today on Tuesday May 18th at 6:30 at the Goal Post Restaurant on North Avenue.

The Goal Post Restaurant and Lounge 2400 North Avenue

Topic: Developing a Strategy for Neighborhood Growth and Improvement

Special Guest: Candice Streett, Executive Director, Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Tell your neighbors and lets have a big and productive meeting! Don’t forget to bring your dues if you are not yet a member. Come hear about community plans for the upcoming months!